Dolly Parton has many fond memories of growing up in her "Tennessee Mountain Home
," but she remembers Mama and Daddy most of all. Avie Owens and Robert Lee Parton married when they were teens and, by the time they were in their mid-30s, completed their family of 12 children, including Dolly. Times were tough raising so many kids in rural East Tennessee, but the singer appreciated the love her parents provided.
"'I Remember' pretty much tells its own story. It's just about the love that our parents had," she wrote in her 2020 book, Songteller
. "It's never easy, no matter where you grow up. But to really maneuver that brood of kids, in that part of the world, with no real money coming in, just trying to survive without dying in the winter of pneumonia or worse, it's a lot to think about, a lot to write about, a lot to be grateful for. I think about my mom and dad all the time."